–Jim Ross and Stan Lane are tasked with the commentary duties for today’s show and they are taped from Lowell, Massachusetts. The tapings for this month’s set of episodes took place on April 5, 1995.
–Doink and Bam Bam Bigelow cut promos on each other for today’s feature match. Doink says he is going to win and let Lawrence Taylor know all of Bigelow’s secrets. Bigelow rebuts that he thought he got rid of Doink for good at WrestleMania X but will finish things today.
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are still taped from North Charleston, West Virginia.
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are on commentary and they are still taped from Fort Myers, Florida.
–A video package recaps the end of last week’s British Bulldog-Bob Backlund match that led to today’s tag team main event between the Bulldog and Bret Hart against Backlund and Owen Hart.
–Todd Pettengill narrates a video package that recaps the Lex Luger-Tatanka feud that has been going on since the summer of 1994.
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are still taped from South Padre Island, Texas.
Monday Nitro #245
Date: June 19, 2000
Location: Metropark Arena, Billings, Montana
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden, Scott Hudson
Now after last week’s mess, I’ve been told that the next few shows aren’t as bad. I’m curious to know what that means. You could smear warm mayonnaise on yourself and bake in the sun before throwing coconuts at a pack of hyenas and put on a better show than Russo has done in the last few weeks. Let’s get to it.
Date: June 14, 2000
Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Mark Madden
Welcome to your second weekly installment of Russo Theater featuring the Eric Bischoff Players. The big story at the moment is the departures of a lot of big names as Page, Sting and Flair are all gone, leaving us with Hogan/Nash/Steiner to fight off the forces of evil because we’re just lucky like that. Let’s get to it.
Date: March 29, 2000
Location: Astro Arena, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan
This show is pretty much worthless given what’s coming in a few weeks. Therefore, it’s just another week of meaningless Thunder so at least it’s a regular show. The promotion is so dull at this point that there’s only so much they can do to make this last night before the reboot interesting. Let’s get to it.
Jim Ross are manning the announce table and they are from Lake Placid, New
York. McMahon says that there was a
fight between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels before last week’s RAW and that both
men were injured. Bret will be back in a
few days, while Shawn will be back in 4-6 weeks. Since Michaels is out there will be a tag
team tournament and the winners will get to face Steve Austin and a partner of his choice for the tag
reluctantly interviews Steve Austin, who isn’t happy to hear about the tag team
tournament. Austin says he doesn’t need
a partner and Mankind appears on the Titantron and says that he feels that they
have a bond. Austin says he doesn’t need
a freak walking around him and they proceed to make fun of Shawn Michaels
routine. McMahon’s facial expressions
during this routine are priceless. McMahon says that Austin will face Brian
Pillman tonight with members of the Hart Foundation handcuffed around ringside. Ken Shamrock comes down to confront Austin
about getting Stunned on last week’s show and Shamrock challenges him to a
match tonight. Austin says that’s fine
after he gets done with Pillman.
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tells McMahon that it’s a conspiracy that the Hart Foundation is handcuffed
around ringside for his match with Steve Austin tonight.
say that the tag team tournament is their opportunity for tag team glory.
Bulldog & Owen Hart say that they are going to get their belts back from
Steve Austin after they win the tag team tournament.
Tournament Contest: The British Bulldog
& Owen Hart defeat The New Blackjacks when the Bulldog pins Bradshaw after
an Owen spinning heel kick at 3:50:
Austin still has an opportunity to keep the titles by facing the winning team
in the finals. I’m surprised that the
Headbangers were getting a push during this time but not the New Blackjacks
since they looked much more imposing and credible. The crowd is dead for this, since the New
Blackjacks have very little following and the American fans hate the Bulldog
and Owen. However, both teams put in a
decent effort and Owen and the Bulldog advance when the referee has his back
turned to get Barry Windham out of the ring shortly after all hell broke loose.
the dissolution of the first version of the Nation of Domination on last week’s
WWF Champion The Undertaker and Paul Bearer and Bearer hijacks the interview
and says that the Undertaker will do what he says as long as he has a secret
over his head.
Ken Shamrock, who tells Austin that it’s time to knuckle up.
Helmsley (w/Chyna) pins Phineas Godwinn with a Pedigree at 3:33:
Ross announces that Helmsley will face Mankind at the Canadian Stampede
pay-per-view. Prior to the match Chyna
manhandles a ring attendant for no apparent reason. Chyna interferes, as can be expected, and the
crowd is into that more than the match, working up a “Chyna” chant. Phineas, who had a way with women as we saw
in the Bodydonnas feud in 1996, abandons a Slop Drop to kiss Chyna on the
apron, but that ends up costing him the match.
After the match, Henry Godwinn comes down to the ring and yells at
Phineas for not being aggressive enough.
Henry blames McMahon for Phineas’ loss.
Was the booking crutch of this time that everyone had a beef with the
boss? A decent match that went the
appropriate length. Rating: **
flying clothesline on Rob Van Dam on Shotgun Saturday Night is the Sega Saturn
Slam of the Week.
McMahon that there will be two new members of the Nation of Domination and that
they are going to appear tonight.
Faarooq promises that they will be bigger, better, and blacker.
to be the guest ring announcer for the next match because the WWF has no idea
what to do with her. Paul Heyman is
going to be on guest commentary.
Match (USWA vs. ECW): Chris Candido
defeats “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher by disqualification at 2:40:
so this is that feud being played out on national television. USWA was also in its death throes at this
point. This is Candido’s first RAW match
since the summer of 1996. Since we are
in the Northeast, Candido is the de facto face and Christopher plays the
heel. In fact, Candido gets more of a
reaction in this one match than he did in his entire career as Skip in the
WWF. Ross works up Heyman on commentary
into a rant about how Christopher is Lawler’s son. This leads to Lawler running down and
breaking up a super hurricanrana attempt and he and Rob Van Dam beat up Candido
until Tommy Dreamer runs out and makes the save.
a pretaped promo and he says that he will do things the easy way in tonight’s
match and work with the Undertaker.
the Nassau Coliseum house show which features the Undertaker facing Steve
Austin for the WWF title, the British Bulldog defend the European title against
Sid, the Legion of Doom face the Godwinns, Hunter Hearst Helmsley faces
Mankind, and the New Nation of Domination faces the Hart Foundation in a six
man tag team match.
show at the Skydome in Toronto is shown where the Hart Foundation was greeted
that he is going to show Goldust that crime does pay.
(w/Marlena) defeats Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart with an uppercut at 3:44:
do nothing to cover for his weaknesses in the ring. The British Bulldog comes out halfway through
the match and he confronts Marlena, who slapped him on last week’s show. Goldust comes to his manager’s aid, but gets
double teamed. However, Neidhart can’t
even win after THAT to show how low he is on the WWF totem pole despite being
part of its top stable. Rating:
the audience that he has Brian Pillman right where he wants him and he promises
to “rock” Ken Shamrock’s world.
Steve Austin beats “The Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman by disqualification when
the Hart Foundation interferes at 8:20:
of the Hart Foundation are handcuffed to the ring posts. Owen really gets into the handcuff
stipulation, as he spends parts of the match complaining about it and then
getting on the apron and trying to leverage the handcuff off his wrist. Austin takes advantage of the stipulation by
beating up each defenseless member of the Hart Foundation around ringside. Pillman’s nose gets busted open during the
match, but it is apparent from this match that Pillman can’t go anymore as he
resorts to chokes and other stalling techniques. When the referee gets in Austin’s face about
his beating of Pillman, Austin gives him a Stunner. Owen picks the pocket of the downed referee
and unlocks himself and other members of the Hart Foundation and that produces
a beat down that ends the match.
Disappointing is probably the best word to describe this encounter. Rating: *
Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and Mankind run off the Hart Foundation. When the dust settles, Austin and Shamrock
are left in the ring and Shamrock thwarts Austin’s attempt at a sneak attack by
giving him a belly-to-belly suplex.
Austin doesn’t like that and he and Shamrock brawl until the Legion of
Doom separate them. Goldust gets on the
house mic and tells Austin that the Hart Foundation wants him to fight
everyone. Goldust suggests that Austin
team with he, the Legion of Doom, and Shamrock to face the Hart Foundation at
Calgary Stampede and Austin agrees, albeit reluctantly.
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Stone Cold Stunner to the referee of his match with Brian Pillman is the Super
Soaker Rewind segment.
the Hart Foundation and Pillman gives a nice promo that says the ten man tag at
Canadian Stampede has been signed in blood.
be the guest ring announcer for our next match.
defeats Bobby Fulton with the Tomikaze at 2:47:
recruited by Jim Cornette who was trying to get some veterans some work in the
WWF when the company was putting a light heavyweight division together. This match allows Ross to go back to his
glory days in the NWA and he gives us some excellent background on both
participants, making them both seem very distinguished in the eyes of the
viewing audience. Some idiots in the
crowd chant “boring”, but there isn’t anything wrong with this and the finish
gets some “ooh’s” from the crowd.
Marc Mero comes out and doesn’t appear happy that Sable is in the ring and
waving at fans.
say that they would love to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
Tournament Match: The Headbangers defeat
Jerry “the King” Lawler & Rob Van Dam when Thrasher superplexes Mosh onto
Lawler at 3:59:
but I would assume that the winner of this match will face Owen and the
Bulldog. Van Dam acquits himself well in
the match, jumping about 15 feet in the air for the yet to be named ***** Frog
Splash. Lawler appears to have the match
won after giving Thrasher a piledriver, but the Sandman comes in
behind the referee’s back and gives him a low blow with his Singapore cane and
the Headbangers advance. If Van Dam
wrestled this as a handicap match it would’ve been better. Rating: *½
Tommy Dreamer want to go after Van Dam after the match, but they are held back
by WWF officials and Paul Heyman.
the Undertaker and Paul Bearer are in the back and Ahmed tells McMahon that
they are ready. Bearer tries to tell
Ahmed to listen to him, but Ahmed tells him to shut up. Bearer is really great in this role.
interactions between the Undertaker and Ahmed Johnson is shown.
Kama Mustafa defeat The Undertaker & Ahmed Johnson (w/Paul Bearer) when
Kama pins the Undertaker after a lifting side slam at 3:46:
of the Nation of Domination, who is Kama Mustafa. He looks like a generic jobber from the
1980s, though, without the “Supreme Fighting Machine” attire that he wore in
1995/1996. The Undertaker wrestles the
whole match and if you don’t know what that means after a few years of watching
wrestling then you must not be very observant.
As the match slowly goes on, McMahon and Ross throw out some names for
the other member of the Nation like the Junkyard Dog, Abdullah the Butcher
(?!?!), Butch Reed, and Mr. Hughes.
Ahmed beats up Bearer, which costs his team the match and the crowd is
shocked that the Undertaker was pinned cleanly.
helps the Undertaker to his feet only to give him a Pearl River Plunge and he
joins the Nation of Domination.
storyline development, but it would be short-lived since he was injured shortly
after this. Oh what might have
been. The rest of the show advanced the
proper storylines, but it never seemed to click as far as the matches were